Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Extended Benefits

Ah, gentle readers, your MatchGirl has been receiving a lot of comments and emails lately about unemployment extensions and the confusion surrounding them.  Unfortunately, I do not have the answers.  And, if you live outside of New York state, I am at a loss as to how to help you. 

Personally, when I had to apply for my extension - not such a bad process, save the 45 minute wait to actually speak to someone, which you're required to do - the woman that I spoke with was fine.  She was as helpful as she possibly could be.  When I asked her to help me figure out how much longer I had, she said she had no way of knowing, because it was different for each person.  Of course it is.  And she was in my file.  But she could not help.  She directed me to the calculator on the NYS Department of Labor website.


Of course I had checked that out.  I didn't really find it that helpful.  It's all just the possibility of how many weeks you might get. 

Late last week, however, I did a little looking and found this link that was much more helpful.  It shows unemployment eligibility based on when you started collecting.  It's much clearer than anything that I have come across previously.

Hopefully it's helpful!  good luck, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the link! Good to know my benefits will last a little bit longer.

    It's so difficult to find work out there especially when you run across job descriptions that require you to be on call 24/7, work weekends on the spur of moment, work overtime every night, oh...and yes, the most recent "required job skill" I found was "must be a British tea enthusiast". Now what does that have to do with being an administrative assistant??

    No wonder its taking so long to find work. I'm all for working hard, but I plan to work to live not live to work.